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Rise of the Villains: Strike Force



Critic Consensus: Many of Gotham's characters take a promising step forward in "Strike Force," but the tone is uncomfortably akin to the most dour and overly simplistic episodes of season one.

Episode Info

Barnes forms a task force with help from Gordon; Penguin is kept busy trying to fulfill a favor for Galavan; and Nygma asks Kringle out on a date.


Benjamin McKenzie
as James Gordon
Donal Logue
as Harvey Bullock
Morena Baccarin
as Dr. Leslie Thompkins
Michael Chiklis
as Capt. Nathaniel Barnes
David Mazouz
as Bruce Wayne
Sean Pertwee
as Alfred Pennyworth
Robin Lord Taylor
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
Erin Richards
as Barbara Kean
Camren Bicondova
as Selina Kyle
Cory Michael Smith
as Edward Nigma
James Frain
as Theo Galavan
Jessica Lucas
as Tabitha Galavan
Chris Chalk
as Lucius Fox
Nick D'Agosto
as Harvey Dent/Two-Face
Drew Powell
as Butch Gilzean
Zabryna Guevara
as Capt. Sarah Essen
Carol Kane
as Gertrud Kapelput
Anthony Carrigan
as Victor Zsasz
Chelsea Spack
as Kristin Kringle
Saundra Santiago
as Janice Caulfield
Michael Mulheren
as Randall Hobbs
Natalie Alyn Lind
as Silver St. Cloud
Danny Johnson
as Gus Freeman
Lenny Platt
as Luke Garrett
Paulina Singer
as Josie Mac
Ian Quinlan
as Carl Pinkney
Lucas Salvagno
as Sal Martinez
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Critic reviews for Rise of the Villains: Strike Force

Oh, boy. Looks like we're going through one of those phases where Gotham pretends it can pull off being a serious show with heavy subject matter, minus all the camp and ridiculousness that makes any of it fun.

October 13, 2015 | Full Review…

"Strike Force" lacks that sharp focus that the first three episodes of Gotham had this season...

July 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Welcome to Gotham, Michael Chiklis!

July 19, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Strike Force" is a disappointingly uneventful letdown... The vast majority of the episode is bland, slow-moving exposition, just background for what we can only hope will be more exciting developments in episodes to come.

July 17, 2018 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

Wasn't it amazing how easily Nygma shifted into his other, bolder self and was finally able to ask Kringle out? The writers did a great job setting that up for us. Yes, it took a year to get to this point, but it was well worth it.

July 17, 2018 | Rating: 3.8/5 | Full Review…

Barnes' commanding entrance into the GCPD was certainly a dramatic highlight of the episode.

July 17, 2018 | Full Review…

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